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Meadow Brown

Meadow Brown
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-25 1:52
Viewed: 2100
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina) is a butterfly found in European meadows, where its larvae feed on grasses.
Similar species are Gatekeeper (which prefers to rest with its wings open) and Small Heath (which is smaller).
There is marked sexual dimorphism in this species. Males are less colorful, with smaller eyespots and much reduced orange areas on the upper forewings. They are also much more active and range far about, while females fly less and often may not away from the area where they grew up.
A variable number of smaller eyespots are usually found on the hindwing undersides. These may number up to 12 per individual butterfly, with up to 6 on each wing. The factors that govern polymorphism in this trait are not resolved, although a number of theories have been proposed (Stevens 2005). On the other hand, the evolutionary significance of the upperwing eyespots is more obvious: The more active males have a markedly more cryptic upperside pattern, whereas the females have more often opportunity to present their eyespots in a sudden display of colors and patterns that presumably make neophobic predators hesitate so that the butterfly has better chances of escaping.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-01-25 2:01]

Hi Siggi,
Excellent photo, great colors and fine details, very nice colors in BG too, TFS!

Hello Siegfried

You have a beautiful gallery with some unique pictures and this one is no exception, you know how to play with light and colors like in this picture you managed to seperate you background from your foreground very gentley and beautifully and the composition is very nice as well, I like it very much!
Job well done!

Regards Hedesan

Hallo Siegfried,
a very beautiful macro shot of the Meadow Brown, very good sharpness and fantastic warm colours, excellent POV and composition
Best regards

Hi Siegfried
Beautiful photo with very good composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-01-25 3:42]

Hello Siggi,
A photo in beautiful warm colours and excellent sharpness. Very nice position of the Meadow Brown in the light. Taken from a good POV. Very nice matching and blurred BG.

Lovely image of this brown beauty friend Siggi. I love the composition of that shot with those wonderful flowers around ! Pleasant background and detail!
George Veltchev

Beautiful colours and detail. regards Yiannis

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-01-25 4:52]

Lovely species on beautiful flowers, good colors and details. tfs.

Hello Siegfried,
another very beautiful picture, light and color perfect,very interestig the notes, regards, Paolo

Czesc Siggi,
nastepne piekne kolorystycznie zdjecie. Bardzo dobra kompozycja. Swietna ostrosc.
Milego wieczoru,

hello Siegfried
great pose with good details and good sharpness
the coloursare beautiful
greeting lou

Ciao Siegfired. Good POV for this M. jurtina. Beutiful natural colours and very good sharp.


Hello Siegfried,
Splendid capture with nice colors and excellent details.
The composition is lovely and very good balanced. Perfect focus and exposure.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-01-25 12:05]

Hello Siggi,
A very nice composition of warm colours in this capture of a female Meado Brown feeding on Ragwort flowers. The lateral POV shows her with fine sharpness and natural colours.
Thanks and kind regards,

Ciao Siggi, lovely Maniola jurtina on a beautiful blurry BG, splendid sharpness, fine details, wonderful light and colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-01-25 15:03]

Hi Siggi,beautiful memory of the last summer,very nice composition and great sharpness and colors.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

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